USU students to participate in long-standing political tradition

Utah State University students are once again teaming with other university students across the state to participate in the Utah Colleges Exit Poll in November, the longest-running student-conducted exit poll in the country. USU Students, under the direction of political science professors Damon Cann and William Furlong will conduct the polling efforts in Cache and Box Elder Counties. The results of the poll have proven accurate over the years and results are available through the poll’s Brigham Young University website shortly after the polls close on election day. USU’s 50-plus volunteers represent a variety of majors including political science, international studies and constitutional studies. In addition to asking Utah voters about their choice for governor, this year’s questionnaire focuses on topics that include immigration, media usage, Tea Party involvement, state tobacco taxes and other current issues. On Election day the student pollsters, working in seven-hour shifts, will join other students around the state when polls open at 7 a.m. and remain at their posts until polls close, randomly selecting voters to participate in the confidential survey. Furlong says the exit poll gives insight into what’s happening in the political landscape and how that landscape changes over time.

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